TWiP: Rain, sun, sand, and peonies

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

Oh, so many pictures this week! I’ll spare you the long introductory paragraph because I’ve pretty much told the whole story in image captions. โ˜บ

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

๐Ÿ“ท = taken with my Canon DSLR
๐Ÿ“ฑ = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: This is the way to start a day ๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜• . [Taken on the Ocean City boardwalk.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: It’s rainy and windy on the boardwalk โ˜” [Taken on the Ocean City boardwalk.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 142/366 – So, we’ve been in Ocean City, NJ since last night. Yesterday was a beautiful day, but we missed most of it. Today started out simply cloudy, but it turned windy and rainy before lunch. It’s still raining and cold now, but I am cautiously optimistic that tomorrow will be less wet. [Taken from the balcony of the Oceanfront Motel.]

Sunday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Mama’s got a new toy โ˜บ Happy Birthday to me! ๐ŸŽ‚ Thanks, @clarkesworld โ˜บ [Taken in our hotel room.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Delicious breakfast today, and so photogenic๐Ÿ˜„ #sunrisecafeoc [Taken at the Sunrise Cafe.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: So, it’s still raining. I got tired of hanging out in the hotel room, so I drove into town. Normally I’d walk it, but I have a sore foot, and, more importantly so. much. rain. Now I’m kicking back in a comfy chair at my favorite local coffee place, contemplating where I should drag my family out for my birthday dinner later โ˜บ โ˜” ๐ŸŽ‚ [Taken at Ocean City Coffee Company.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 143/366 – This is pretty much the same view as yesterday’s post (although there’s daylight in this one, and a lady with a cheery red umbrella), but that’s mainly because it’s pretty much been the same weather as yesterday. It’s too wet to do much of anything or to bring my camera anywhere. [Taken from the balcony of the Oceanfront Motel.]

Monday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: This is the way to Monday โ˜บ. As an added bonus, this is the best looking day since we’ve been here. It could almost be described as “sunny.” Almost. ๐Ÿ˜Ž [Taken on the Ocean City boardwalk.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Hey! We’re on the beach!๐Ÿ˜Ž [Taken on the beach.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 144/366 – Guess what. No rain today โ˜บ We even got to hang out on the beach for a little while. I’m so glad we got one nice day before our long weekend is over! [Taken on the beach.]

Tuesday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Good morning, Instagram! It’s our last day in Ocean City, and we’ve got surprise sunshine and warmth! I actually took off my sweater on my walk to the coffee shop. My arms haven’t been bare much at all for this trip. Leaving on a high note is nice, but it’s also a lot harder than it would be in a thunderstorm๐Ÿ˜‰ [Taken on the Ocean City boardwalk.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Oh, OK. One more day at the shore won’t kill me ๐Ÿ˜Ž๐ŸŒž #changeofplans [Taken on the balcony of our hotel.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I sometimes like to post a birthday selfie, but it slipped my mind this year. So here I am, 45 years and 2 days old ๐Ÿ˜Š. I’m enjoying this bonus day at the shore, walking down the boardwalk to get peanut butter custard with rainbow sprinkles, listening to music, buying and wearing a new batik dress, letting my cheeks get a little bit pink from the sun… Now, I think I’ll go lounge around with a book, and maybe take a little nap. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ [Taken in our hotel room.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 145/366 – So, the sun is setting on our little Ocean City getaway. Even with this one extra day we tacked on to our trip at the last minute, it still leaves us craving more. A long weekend is never enough! [Taken from the balcony of the Oceanfront Motel.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: A little after supper tea by the ocean ๐Ÿ˜Š. This is lovely. A little bit chilly, and I kind of wish I’d brought some knitting or crocheting, but still lovely. โค Tomorrow we go home. And this time I mean it ๐Ÿ˜‰ [Taken on the balcony of our hotel.]

Wednesday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: A little skee ball before we hit the road๐Ÿ˜Š [Taken at Jilly’s Arcade.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Well, we’re home. I walked so much in Ocean City that I feel like my feet will never speak to me again. I’m hoping they’ll forgive me if I spend the rest of the afternoon keeping them elevated, sipping a wine cooler, and playing games on my tablet. Fingers crossed.

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 146/366 – We got home in the early afternoon today, and none of our peonies had opened yet. I went outside after supper, though, and look what I found! I can’t wait until a few more open up and I can bring them in the house. to decorate the kitchen table! On a related note: I have a kitchen table to clean off…

Thursday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Good morning, Instagramโ˜•My beach quilt is all sandy, so I slept under my Amy Butler Lotus lap quilt. I love it, but it’s not exactly bed size! I’m taking it slowly this morning and nursing my injured feet. Apparently walking 3x your normal amount for 5 days, and in shoes that offer no support whatsoever, can lead to soreness and (by day 5) stabby pain. Who knew?

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 147/366 – How inconvenient to decide I want an iced coffee *after* I’ve already changed into my jammies for the night. Too bad Starbucks doesn’t deliver ๐Ÿ˜€

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: The peonies are in bloom! And for the first time ever, I can cut three of them to bring inside and still have plenty left to look pretty on the plant. It’s so nice to see these flowers thriving. I โ™ฅ them.

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 148/366 – I cut three peonies this morning but I haven’t decided where to put them. So far I am just carrying them from room to room with me, setting them down wherever I am planning to be for a while โ˜บ. Right now, I’m planning to be sitting on the bed, watching last week’s Wallander, and elevating my sore left foot.

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickrย and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

TWiP: The Joy of Phonography

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I am having a real hard time limiting my Instagram posts. I am so enjoying exploring mobile photography right now! Who knew that having a phone with a decent camera and an awesome photo editing app or two could make such a difference ๐Ÿ˜‰

I’m trying not to go overboard, since I know that I’ll be sharing the images here at the end of the week and I don’t want you to have to scroll through 1000 photos, but let me tell you, sometimes it’s hard not to post anything and everything I see around me! The struggle is real, people ๐Ÿ˜œ

My latest interest? Taking shots that are mostly sky, with a teeny little landmark in the corner, and editing them to have slightly extra-normal coloring. I haven’t posted many of the ones I’ve taken, but I want to continue to play around with this style.

In fact, I’m spending a long weekend at the Jersey Shore right now, and I plan to play around with this technique a lot while I’m here. Be forewarned – next week’s TWiP might require an excessive amount of scrolling on your part. (I feel significantly less inclined to curb my image-sharing enthusiasm when I’m on vacation) โ™ฅ

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

๐Ÿ“ท = taken with my Canon DSLR
๐Ÿ“ฑ = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: If I can use my beach quilt at home on the bed, then I think I can crack open one of my beach books here, too. I just have to try not to finish it before my trip ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ“–

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 135/366 – It’s kind of cool when your new earrings arrive in the mail and they perfectly match the shirt you are already wearing ๐Ÿ˜€ (The earrings are from Smith Dry Goods, BTW, and there are more in her Etsy shop, if you like them.)

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I should have finished this little sweater days ago, but I don’t think I have enough yarn for the button band. I either have to order more, or consider a contrasting color band. I’m immobilized by indecision. #pdc

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Time for a cup of decaf, a couple of squares of dark chocolate, a bit of crochet, and last weekend’s #wallander. Have a lovely night โ˜บ

Sunday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Donuts for lunch ๐Ÿฉ [Taken at Dunkin Donuts.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I realized I kind of miss the mandala and coasters I gave away (they made great photo props!) so it seems like a good idea to make a few more. Right after I finish my snack โ˜บ

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 136/366 – Windy, rainy, sunny Sunday afternoon. It seemed like perfect conditions for a rainbow, but I didn’t see one.

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Just hanging out at the airport, waiting for @clarkesworld and playing with #acolorstory app. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ [Taken at Newark Airport.]

Monday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: So apparently I am too old to rely on two chocolate glazed donuts and diner pancakes to provide a day’s proper sustenance. While I enjoyed eating yesterday, I feel somewhat unpleasant today. I’ll just be over here curled up in a little ball, sipping my herbal tea in the dappled sunlight if you need me ๐Ÿ˜•

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 137/366 – My magneta peonies don’t seem to be growing as fast as these pale pink ones, which are thriving. I’ve already got a photo shoot planned for when these babies are big enough to be cut ๐Ÿ˜€

Tuesday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I was curious how the #pdcmodfloralmandala would look without the white, so I started a mini one. And, wow, is that colorful! 4 and a half rounds to go ๐Ÿ’Ÿ #pdc

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 138/366 – I grabbed a few extra books from the library today, since there’s a good chance that our beach weekend is going to be very, very rainy. I’d hate to run out of reading material on Day Two…

Wednesday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Good morning, Instagramโ˜•I finished my #pdcmodfloralmandala in the alternate color scheme and I love it! So cheery. To make one like this yourself, use the “mini” variation in my pattern, but instead of the 6 white rounds, do them in the 6 colors that you use for the flower and the border. ๐Ÿ’Ÿ (#pdc)

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: The @craftastherapy prompt this week is “tools of the trade” and since making artsy #ergonomic handles for crafty tools is kind of my thing, how could I pass up the opportunity for a little photo shoot with some of my in-stock pretties? #pdc #craftastherapy_toolsofthetrade

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 139/366 – A little after-supper drink for me and the boy. I’m heated-up cold-brewed coffee, and he’s instant peppermint mocha latte ๐Ÿ™‚

Thursday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 140/366 – It has been a nice day today, with little bits of blue peeking through the clouds.

Friday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 141/366 – Amid the creative chaos that can sometimes be my life, there exist tiny, astonishingly-organized islands.

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Exhaaaaaale [Taken in Ocean City, NJ.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: So, we got here around 6:15, had supper at Angelo’s, and then took a walk to the end of the boardwalk. It’s cold here tonight, but at least it’s dry. The next few days are going to be soakers! We’re enjoying being outside while we can. By the way, my feet are not used to so much movement. They’re all, “what are you *doing* to us?” and I’m all, “just keep walking!” ๐Ÿ‘ฃ [Taken on the Ocean City boardwalk.]

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickrย and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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TWiP: For the Birds

This Week in Pictures (TWiP) at Polka Dot Cottage

I spent last week’s post whining about the rain, so you can imagine how happy the last several days of dry weather have made me! It rained again yesterday, but I’d had enough sunshine and warm breezes on my face by then that I didn’t mind so much.

I’ve spent a decent amount of time this week appreciating the great outdoors in my way. “My way” generally consists of opening all of the windows in the house and sitting next to one. It’s the best of both worlds – all of the breezy fresh air of outside, none of the bugs or uncomfortable seating options. Heh.

Uncharacteristically, I did make myself get all up in nature’s face last Saturday, even though it was raining for about half of the time I was out there. I think the trick to getting me out in the elements is to involve another person. I’d invited my sister to go on this nature walk, so I was pretty much locked in. If it had just been me, I’d probably have seen the rain coming down and spent the day in my pj’s sipping herbal tea instead.

That would have been nice, don’t get me wrong, but it’s good to step outside of your comfort zone once in a while. Let me tell you, there was nothing comfortable about the amount of mud we had to walk through that morning!

So, what is This Week in Pictures?

Itโ€™s a roundup of the photos I shot for Project 365 (one image each day for all of 2016), plus some snapshots I posted on Instagram during the previous week.

๐Ÿ“ท = taken with my Canon DSLR
๐Ÿ“ฑ = taken with my Samsung phone

Ready? Cast your mind back to this time last week…

Saturday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Instead of spending the morning hanging out in my pajamas, I’m out in the rain taking a”migration walk.” [Taken at Primrose Farm.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 128/366 – My sister and I went on a "Migration Walk" run by the Great Swamp Watershed Association this rainy Saturday morning. We took some pictures of birds and flowers, and stepped in a lot of mud. (So. much. mud.) Most of my images were close-ups but I did step back and get a few shots of the scenery, like this one. [Taken at Primrose Farm.]

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: So, this has been a gross little adventure. Our shoes, socks, and pant legs are soaked. The things we do for our photographic art ๐Ÿ˜„ [Taken at Primrose Farm.]

Sunday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I have teenagers who are still asleep, so I made my own breakfast in bed… if I waited for them I would starve ๐Ÿ˜‰. Happy Mother’s Day!

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 129/366 – The boys agreed to do a photo shoot so that I could have a recent picture of the two of them for my desk at work (when I get a job). I set the self timer and jumped into the last shot myself. I โ™ฅ these guys.

Monday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I had a lovely day yesterday with my people, but now it’s back to the grind. If you can call knitting a tiny sweater for a new pattern a “grind” ๐Ÿ˜‰

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Too. Many. Choices. What should I read at the beach later this month? Non-fiction recommendations please? โ˜บ๐Ÿ“– [Taken at the Long Hill Library.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 130/366 – We’ve got three quilts on this bed, all of them lightweight, all of them made by me, and none of them large enough to adequately cover the bed. One of these days, I will make one that is meant to go here. That day is not today, however. Today, I will be sitting here knitting the second sleeve of an itty bitty sweater.

Tuesday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: I switched gears this afternoon and assembled a few pairs of school spirit earrings while watching @taraswiger record a new episode of #exploreyourenthusiasm on Periscope. #pdc

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 131/366 – Barefoot weather is coming… it’s not here yet, though. My toes are freezing right now ๐Ÿ˜œ

Wednesday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Uh oh. I ran out of earring cards. Guess I’ll just have to keep this pair ๐Ÿ˜‰ #pdc

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 132/366 – You know, I was perfectly happy not paying much attention to the many birds of my neighborhood, but then I spent a day with my sister, who is kind of a bird maniac (sorry, Donna, but you know it’s true…๐Ÿ˜œ) and now I find myself thinking, "I wonder what kind of bird that is" when I hear a particularly melodical chirping, or "where’s my 250mm lens?" when I hear a woodpecker going at it on the tree stump next door…

Thursday

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 133/366 – This calls for some singing-while-I-work music. A little Indigo Girls, perhaps? Rites of Passage, cranked? Yes, I think that will do nicely.

Friday

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Good morning, Instagram! I woke up next to an open window this morning – a breath of fresh air and the song of birds – what a fabulous way to start the day! I’ve decided to stay right here in my bedroom and start my work day atop my favorite quilt for a while. Happy Friday!

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: Thought I’d try a new place. And yeah, brownies are not the best lunch, but will you look at the size of that coffee cup? Probably should have gotten it to go ๐Ÿ˜‰โ˜• [Taken at Ecoffea in Watchung.]

365 ๐Ÿ“ท: 2016 134/366 – I hit the thrift shop today and got six dressy tops for $30! I took a chance and didn’t try them on until I got home. So, of the six, two are very awesome, two fit so terribly I will never wear them in a million years, and two are decent enough that I will hang them optimistically in my closet for a year before changing my mind and tossing them in the giveaway pile.

Instagram ๐Ÿ“ฑ: So, it just so happens I had a new mug to photograph (#pdcmodfloralmandala ) at the same time that I had a new app to play with (#acolorstory ). Yay! ๐Ÿ“ท ๐ŸŽจ

Thanks for taking a peek at this week’s photos! If you want to see this stuff as it happens, please feel free to follow me on Flickrย and/or Instagram.

I may already have plans to blog about some of these things in greater detail over the coming week, but be sure to leave a comment if there’s something in particular you want to know about!

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